5 Reasons to Always Roast Extra Sweet Potatoes

published Oct 25, 2016
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Are you roasting sweet potatoes to go with dinner? Before you get started, there’s one more thing you need to do: Add one or two extra to the baking sheet! It takes almost no extra work, but pays big dividends later. Here are five reasons to always roast extra sweet potatoes.

Get Your Roast On

When it comes to roasting sweet potatoes, you have a choice to make: Do you want to cut up the potatoes? You’ve got four options.

  • Whole, with the skin on.
  • Cut into wedges (skin on or off).
  • Cut into coins (skin on or off).
  • Cut into chunks (skin on or off).
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1. Make a quick mashed side.

A couple whole roasted sweet potatoes are your ticket to a mashed side dish that can be assembled in minutes. All that’s left to do is soften and warm the mashed potato and season with butter and brown sugar, or get a little more adventurous with sour cream and a splash of balsamic vinegar.

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2. Slice it into a sandwich.

If there was ever a reason to keep a whole roasted sweet potato or two handy, this simple yet ultra-satisfying veggie-friendly sandwich is it. Layer a trio of sweet potato, arugula, and goat cheese between your favorite bread, or use it as a springboard for a new combination.

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3. Bulk up a pot of soup.

Consider that extra roasted sweet potato your quick solution for bulking up your next batch of soup. Toss in the chunks of potato (or chop up a whole one) to give the soup some more texture, or mash it to thicken the broth for a soup with more body.

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4. Cook it into a frittata.

Frittatas are one of those meals that are willing to accept just about any and all veggie leftovers, and sweet potatoes are no exception. Since they’re already cooked, they don’t need quite as much of a sauté as raw veggies. Add about a cup of roasted sweet potato chunks to the pan a minute or so before pouring in the egg mixture.

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5. Make 10-minute sweet potato tacos your miracle meal.

Along with a few pantry staples to use as toppings, chunks or wedges of roasted sweet potatoes are your ticket to getting tacos on the table, fast. It’s the kind of dinner you want on your side when you were ready to eat five minutes ago.

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What’s your favorite way to use up leftover roasted sweet potatoes?